Standard Revision: Fair Trade USA's Trade Standard

The public comment period for Fair Trade USA’s Draft Trade Standard is now closed.

What's next

Fair Trade USA thanks the many stakeholders who participated in the public consultation on the Draft Trade Standard, which ran from Sept. 11 through Dec. 7, 2018. We will now review and analyze all the feedback we have received, which will inform the finalization of the Trade Standard version 2.0.0. The final Standard will be published in early to mid 2019, with the exact dates to be determined based on the extent and content of feedback received during the public consultation. A summary of the feedback received as well as Fair Trade USA’s responses will be published alongside the final Trade Standard. The Standard will then be revised within five years of publication, in accordance with best practices in standard-setting.


In late 2017, Fair Trade USA began a review process to update our Trade Standard. The Trade Standard defines the requirements for supply chain partners that engage in trading Fair Trade Certified products. The Standard focuses on the role of traders in supporting the economic development of Fair Trade producers and their workers, and via traceability requirements assures buyers and consumers that the Fair Trade Certified products they buy were grown, harvested, manufactured, and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. This revision is being carried out in order to ensure that the Standard continues to be relevant and impactful in all Fair Trade Certified supply chains, and to improve upon the clarity of existing requirements. The updated Trade Standard will apply to all supply chain partners globally, and all Fair Trade products, including agricultural products, seafood, and apparel and home goods.

The Draft Trade Standard that was presented for public comment was developed based off a review of learnings from the field and interviews with a selection of brands, trading partners, producers, and experts from across different product categories and supply chains. These consultations are part of Fair Trade USA’s commitment to integrate stakeholder input and to follow the consultation processes laid out in the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.

The Trade Standard 2.0.0 aims to improve upon existing requirements to bring more benefit to producers and traders in the Fair Trade system and increase value and efficiency for all supply chain partners. As part of this revision, we have harmonized core trade requirements across Fair Trade USA’s three main product groups (agricultural products, seafood, and apparel and home goods), and customized guidance and/or special requirements by product or category to respond to specified needs. We have also added intent and clarification to each compliance criteria to improve clarity of requirements, and to be consistent with our other Standards.

Revision resources

Trade Revision Overview Presentation

Trade Standard Overview Presentation

Trade Project Plan

Draft Trade Standard 2.0.0

Requirements for Certificate Scope under the Trade Standard

Trade Standard Frequently Asked Questions